“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“... [a] Technically Impressive Film.”
“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“It Was Not The Best, But It Was Still Pretty Good.”
“PUBLIC ENEMIES CATCHES ON”
“Pubic Enemies Is A Summer Hit...although It Wasn't A Smash. ”
“A Great Film But I Expected A Little More From This One.”
“If You Get Nausieted Easily I Advise You Not To Watch This Movie. Aswell If You Don't Enjoy Driving In Circles I Advise You Not To Watch This Movie.”
“Johnny Depp Is Public Enemy Number One”
“A Must See Movie. I Can Recommend This Movie For All Serious Movie Buffs.”
“"We're Havin' So Much Fun Today, We Ain't Even Thinkin' 'bout Tomorrow."”
“One Of The Better Additions In This Very Dull Summer. ”
“Not An Enemy Of The Public.”
“"A Gangster Drama That Is A Unique And Exciting Idea To Watch On Screen For The Full Two Hours And Twenty Six Minutes"”
“A Historical Event Brought Back To Reality Through A Twister Of Its Own That Occur Unexpectedly To Bring Back The Trance Times Of The No.1 Public Enemy.”
“What Keeps You Up Nights, Mr. Dillinger? Coffee. ”
“2009 Has Its Best Picture!(Until Harry Potter Of Course)”
“Very Good Movie”
“Public Enemies Is A Good Film… But It‘s Not “Untouchable”.”
“Some Historical Mix Ups Lead To A Few Disappointments, But This Still Is The Must See Film Of The Summer”
“Christen Bale Jhonny Deep And Cotrrlio”
“You Don't Let Down Johnny”
“Man Does Mann Deliver!”
“A Contender For One Of The Best Films Of The Year”
“I've Been Looking Forward To This Movie For 15 Months... I Hope Inglourious Basterds Can Pick Up The Pieces.”
“... That Was It?”
“Tell Billie For Me...bye Bye Blackbird.”
“I Loveed It, It Has Everything A Movie Could Have It Had Action Comedy Romance And Much More That Makes You Want To See It Over And Over Agian..to Me It Is The Best Movie Of The Year.”
“Stranger Stop And Wish Me Well, Just Say A Prayer For My Soul In Hell. I Was A Good Fellow, Most People Said, Betrayed By A Woman Dressed All In Red.”
“...Public Enemies Is A Good Outing For Michael Mann And Johnny Depp. It Is Just Not The Masterpiece That Some Will Come To Expect.”
“Johnny Is HOT!!!!!”
“A Very Enjoyable Experience! An Oscar Winning Film In My Mind!”
“A Failure On So Many Levels.”
“The Film Kicks You In The Balls With Awesomeness, But Is Smart Enough Not To Turn Back And Keep Kicking You Until You Forget You’re Being Kicked. ”
“Michael Mann's Most Violent Film Yet Since Heat”
“Amazing Movie! The Acting Was Phenomenal.”
“Occasionally Riveting Story Of John Dillinger's Crime Wave With A Credible Romance Thrown In.”
“You Wanna Take That Ride With Me?”
The film kicks you in the balls with awesomeness, but is smart enough not to turn back and keep kicking you until you forget you're being kicked.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
With its measured, team-produced screenplay by Mann, Ronan Bennett, and Ann Biderman, Public Enemies makes heavy business of the notion that Hoover ushered in an era of ethically elastic law-enforcement procedures still recognizable today.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Michael Mann's Public Enemies is a grave and beautiful work of art.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It's a picture with virility and confidence, and unlike Dillinger's machine-gun, which the man himself expertly takes to pieces, it never quite jams, and gets off one or two lethal rounds.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Director Michael Mann mounts a technically proficient, visually enthralling crime drama anchored by the low-key but captivating performance of Johnny Depp as legendary bank robber John Dillinger.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Public Enemies, despite packing thunderous rounds of ammunition, is a touch too remote.
Dan Zak - Washington Post
Public Enemies has everything going for it except a reason and a script.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Even when Dillinger is at rest, Public Enemies exudes a nervous tension, the sense that flight is imminent.
Scott Foundas - Village Voice
The underconceived Public Enemies suffers from that lack of drive, though Johnny Depp is so urgent and charismatic as John Dillinger, he provides enough firepower to make the film legit.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Our connections with Public Enemies remain abstract. The darkness and the distance kill the fun.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Amid the summer season of spectacle and silliness, Public Enemies appears as an oasis of adult entertainment.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Public Enemies is as elegant and muscular a film as one could hope for in a summer of flash and noise. Which is not to say director Michael Mann's gangster saga lacks flash and simmer.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... as strange and exhilarating as riding the running board of John Dillinger's fast, shiny, black getaway car.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal video... It's a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it's everything Public Enemies isn't.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The movie is emotionally neutered.
David Denby - New Yorker
Here is a film that shrugs off the way we depend on myth to sentimentalize our outlaws.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a fascinating bundle of contradictions--authentic in a million details, deeply romanticized in others. Cool, calm and collected, this is more love story than gangster picture.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Mann excels at staging the chaotic bank jobs and bloody shootouts that were just a day at the office for Dillinger, but even at 140 minutes the movie is so dense with incident that there isn't much room for cultural comment or character development.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Ultimately, the movie's a bust.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It fits neatly on the shelf with Bonnie and Clyde and The Godfather.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
More interesting than involving, Public Enemies focuses on history at the expense of the characters that lived that history. It's all story without emotional impact.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Public Enemies is a good movie -- sometimes very good -- that could have been a great one.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Thrilling, glamorous, richly textured and breathlessly action-packed, it is one of the best movies of the year.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Overall impact is muted. Oddly, too, the film is somewhat shortchanged by its great star, Johnny Depp, who disappointingly has chosen to play Dillinger as self-consciously cool rather than earthy and gregarious.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The fatally miscast Johnny Depp's smaller-than-life performance as the famed gangster is the central flaw in Michael Mann's disappointing, curiously uninvolving Public Enemies.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Anyone doubting the role "charisma" plays in the movies need look no further than Public Enemies, an old fashioned gangster picture built on simple star power.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Mann and co-screenwriters Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman faithfully adapt the Dillinger portion of Bryan Burrough's absorbing 2004 book by the same name, using the same locations where famous breakouts and shootouts occurred.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
In the hands of Michael Mann the film looks great, feels deliberate, and effectively explores our culture's fascination with outlaws.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
What's strangely missing from this social picture is any image of the economic misery that made Dillinger a folk hero.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Ultimately an odd blend of frustrating and satisfying.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's like spending an afternoon -- a long one -- at a beautifully lit wax-museum display inspired by earlier gangster movies.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Although Public Enemies does not ascend to the heights of Bonnie and Clyde or The Untouchables, it is nevertheless an effective depiction of the final months of the life of one of the United States' most infamous criminals.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A missed opportunity to make gangster picture with flesh-and-blood characters.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The director shoots Depp in close-ups that accentuate the actor's handsome features -- those warm, brown eyes, sharp cheekbones and soft lips -- and verge on idolatry.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
All this docudrama grit allows for precious little dramatic juice.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's movie dynamite.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
With Public Enemies, he has made an impressive film of great formal skill, one that inescapably has a brooding dark-night-of-the-soul quality about it.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It's looking more and more like Michael Mann will never be able to recapture that Heat hotness.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Instead of glamorizing the early 20th century thug life, it humanizes it a little too much. This drags the movie down and is not the reason I like to go see gangster movies.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Adheres to the historical facts of Dillinger's well-documented tapestry of brazen daylight heists, gritty shootouts and improbable jailbreaks.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Burrows deeply into the depths of the Great Depression.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Once Mann is done establishing his characters the film begins to get down to the most interesting element he brings to the project: the saddening decline of a giant.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
... meanders and never delivers the pay-off it promises.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann's stylish, brutal drama.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
If only Mann's obsession with technical perfection extended to drafting screenplays.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Public Enemies is a thoroughly detailed and engaging crime epic, which traces the criminal exploits and pursuit of infamous gangster, John Dillinger.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Mann seems undecided about what he wants Enemies to accomplish, so he tries a little bit of everything.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Public Enemies is an enjoyable experience but it feels like it could have been a whole lot more and another gangster classic.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
A lesson in how watching a man in front of the camera hit his mark can make one wish the man behind the camera had such true aim.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
Feels like experimental filmmaking and never seems to transcend that to something more profound or awe-inspiring.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Depp's performance overcomes every flaw in the film. He ends up playing Dillinger exactly as he should be--suave, mysterious, romantic, but with obvious elements of cruelty and unbridled violence.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Not to say this is not a well-crafted movie with excellent performances. It is. It is also curiously one-sided and shallow like many movies about famous outlaws tend to be.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Michael Mann, director of Public Enemies has capped an extremely impressive decade of work with a movie that approaches greatness but just misses.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
An experimental film masked as a studio blockbuster
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The popular reaction to what the defiant anti-hero came to represent in depression-era America made it almost criminal to call him one.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
...a thinking man's gangster movie. While there's plenty of action for those looking for a shoot-'em-up, it's a decidedly cold-blooded affair
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
You can put together all the elements that should create gold and yet without that charmed, mysterious sprinkle of cinematic pixie dust, the alchemy fails to work.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
By the time director Michael Mann gets around to making clear his intention of creating a throwback to Hollywood gangster films of the '30s, "Public Enemies" has long since worn out its welcome.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Michael Mann is our poet laureate of bank robbery.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Mann and his writers recount Dillinger's story clearly and with more historical accuracy than some of the earlier film versions, but you're left wondering, "So what?"
Andy Klein - Brand X
A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Public Enemies finds [Mann] a bit slower on his feet. The film lacks the narrative dexterity of Collateral and The Insider. And the end result veers between solid and stolid.
Vicky Roach - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
I'd say this is Mann's best film since The Insiders. Or maybe even The Last of the Mohicans. Now there's glory.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Like Dillinger, Mann and his jangly camera live for the moment. If Public Enemies doesn't cut it as history or mythologising, it succeeds staggeringly well as a series of set pieces.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Sydney
Ben Kenisberg - Time Out Sydney
Certainly worth a look, but you might feel that Mann keeps his characters, apart from Billie, at arm's length.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
There's a lot to admire, but it's not up to the standard of Mann's, or Depp's, best work.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
I actually found a complete lack of character development here.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Depp and Bale as Dillinger and the FBI agent tracking him are excellent and the film is a consistently entertaining, thoughtful and high paced ride, that Dillinger actually did the more extraordinary actions portrayed is the only way their inclusion in a
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
Over 140 minutes that genuinely fly by, Mann crafts a highly atmospheric and emotion-charged movie experience that is sure to be remembered as a touchstone release of 2009.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The choice of digital tends to only exacerbate the films many flaws. It even reveals the imperfections of Johnny Depp's face. Who wants to see that?
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Best of all, Mann and his cast achieve a grim atmosphere of fatal inevitability as the net slowly tightens around Dillinger and his free-wheeling criminal cohorts.
Robert W. Butler - Sunday Mail (Australia)
Director Michael Mann's return to crime is a breathtaking gangster movie shot in unusual though spectacular digital high definition.
Dean Essner - FILMINK (Australia)
What it lacks in thrills is made up for by its captivating characters and impressive attention to period details.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Evoca o embate de personalidades (e de diferentes lados da Lei) visto em outras obras do cineasta.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A wonky art-house curio disguised as a summer blockbuster... it's also one hell of a Western.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
At times incoherent, at times self conscious and thanks to Dante Spinotti being allowed to go hand held, almost always irritating to watch.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Mann's film is an explosive affair, filled with pounding bullets, graphic violence and a heart-warming love story at its core that changes the way we view the cult outlaw who lives only for today
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Sure, Public Enemies can still boast Mann's crisp HD aesthetics and stylistic cool but the showdown between Dillinger and Purvis lack ... well ... Heat.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
You would think that sexy 1930's gangsters using excessive force and chasing around in gorgeous cars would at least be enough to help me forget that I need to do some laundry, but you would be wrong.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
John Dillinger was a violent man who died a violent death.In 'Public Enemies,' we learn the story of how he evaded the FBI %u2013 even escaping from prison - to become a nationally known bank robber and Public Enemy No. 1.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
... Depp has a few solid scenes that spark to life, only to have the spark fail to ignite a consistent interest in the story.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Mann doesn't let his movie breathe. It's a downright beautiful production... everything looks great- so why not show it?
Stephen Silver - The Trend
...this is pure 1930s movie escapism, which would be fine if Spinotti's camera was up to the task of capturing the contrast between the glitzy dance halls where Dillinger plays and the scrappy climes in which he hides.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
a cool and calculated throwback to the romanticized heyday of gangster films
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
With its well-staged stickups and shootouts … it seems to be all surface — a glossy updating of 1930s Hollywood gangster melodrama without any substantial commentary or insight.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Sensational and turbulent, the relationship between John Dillinger and Melvin Purvis sold newspapers and attracted newsreel audiences. It was good for business.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
In this era where we all hate banks (as Mojo Nixon once sang) does Hollywood really want to put out a film that glorifies bank robbers? Obviously yes.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It's an adult drama that tells a great historic story... a story about eras changing... a very strong dramatic movie on a very big scale.
David Poland - Movie City News
Mann draws a sprawling cast together with a myriad of period details that give an authentic sheen, without letting the audience get confused in the sea of historic information.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The film ends powerfully.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Though faithful to Bryan Burrough's painstakingly researched book, Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies' offers more an abstract impression of Dillinger than a fully satisfying portrait.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Public Enemies wears it well.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Some sloppy storytelling prevents Public Enemies from reaching greatness anyway, but what hampers the movie is Mann's decision to shoot in high definition video. The movie just looks cheap.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A strangely distant, quasi-demythification of the tale of John Dillinger that keeps threatening to turn into a truly fine movie without ever quite pulling it off.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Johnny Depp does his best but the script gives him no possible way to present a fully fleshed out character
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A decent look at Dillinger, then, but by no means the masterpiece it could have been.
James O'Connor - IGN Movies AU
...Johnny Depp and Christian Bale playing cops and robbers in fedoras and pinstripe suits.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Some strong performances, but I expected more from this great director and stellar cast.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Public Enemies isn't my No. 1 of the year, but it's close. Even more powerful than Depp is the way Mann controls this film's look and feel.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
The great theme of 'Public Enemies' is the inevitability and finality of death.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Public Enemies traffics in the accumulation of detail at the expense of a big picture.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
In a film that somewhat disapoints, casting is top rate.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
It was tough to get caught in those days. These FBI guys couldn't catch an STD from Brett Michaels.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The narrative has a few holes, but on the whole this will please fans of the genre and those looking for an accessible document of John Dillinger's life.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Has the innovative looks and cool appeal to take you under its charged cinematic spell and win you over.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Expect good but not great. Despite the clear talent behind this highly competent film, it is a little disappointing Public Enemies is not as Best Picture quality as it purports to be.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Another intriguing performance by Johnny Depp is the highlight of 'Public Enemies,' a film not always easy to follow.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Describes as well as any other recent film the adage 'Live fast, die young, and leave a handsome body.'
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Public Enemies is like a Bugsy Malone for fashionistas - the actors look like models on a GQ shoot, posing about in dapper suits and toting fake shooters. The brilliant jail sets and Chicago recreations only add to a sense of mannequin perfection for styl
Victor Olliver - Teletext
...one of the most exciting and fresh films of the year.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Here is a film alive in a way we've not perceived before: a breathtakingly new visual experience, a precision-choreographed action thriller, and a classically minded piece of American art.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Classy for sure. Sharply paced too. But while Public Enemies gives Bonnie And Clyde a run for their money, The Godfather has nothing to fear.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
If John Dillinger had not existed... Michael Mann would have had to invent him.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Mann never quite transforms any of it into something cohesive. It's if he has decided to present us with lots of stunning raw material and expects us to do all the work in making it make sense. It's a bold approach.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
What Michael Mann has achieved with the new Public Enemies is to capture some of the raw energy and allure of the old gangster B-films.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Michael Mann may not succeed with Public Enemies but the attempt is compelling enough.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
Public Enemies is one of those films that lurches between sheer brilliance and muddled moments... but it does feature Johnny Depp in terrific form and is worth seeing just for him alone.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
Mann dedicates himself to making Dillinger look cool, and that's the problem with the whole movie. It looks the business, but has no depth, nothing to say, no new angle. It just feels like a homage to older, better films.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Never mind crime, I'm declaring the nation's first war on hand-held cameras.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Public Enemies is an efficient, well-made period thriller the impact of which is dulled by our familiarity with the subject and knowledge of the outcome.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Shot in pin-sharp high-definition, this is one amazing-looking movie, where even the most ordinary scenes crackle with energy and suspense. As with Heat, Mann's made not just the crime drama of the year, but possibly of the decade too.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Like Dillinger, the film lives fast, only to die young.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Public Enemies is original because everyone, outlaw and enforcer, criminal and cop, looks and behaves the same.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The highlights are too few, and come far too late in the hefty 140-minute running time. This film is an attempt at great art that fails.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Many talented people, but especially Christian Bale are short-changed by his clouded vision. The brightly glaring digital photography doesn't help, but in the end the worst crime is that the story is just plain dull.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Mann approaches this film almost like poetry, using fine camerawork and editing to focus on internal emotions
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Michael Mann's Public Enemies is epic filmmaking with B-movie content. It's as if a wannabe David Lean got down and dirty Americana-style.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
Confusions of mood are exacerbated by some fussy camera-work - handheld jigging, switches between sepia and grainy, modern video. What it needs is the old-fashioned simplicities: a bit more black-and-white; a bit more bang bang.
Dean Essner - Independent
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
While the FBI's brave new ideas worked, Mann's do not.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
What's dismaying about Public Enemies, over and beyond the unintelligibility of much of the dialogue and the sliminess of its digital sheen, is that it has no sense of why it's been made.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
There are powerful images that sear into your brain upon contact with your eyes but PUBLIC ENEMIES clearly wants to alienate the audience as much as it engages them.
Brian Holcomb - Kinetofilm
Whilst there is a lot of gun action and violent set pieces in this, it's really a piece that is really all about the characters and it hands down the best gangster movie of the last decade... at least. One of this year's few must see movies.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
Even the bank jobs and prison breaks feel perfunctory and enervated.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The hottest gangster movie in ages.
Dean Essner - Sunday Mail [UK]
It lacks the cinematic gravitas to stand alongside classic gangster epics like 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'The Untouchables.'
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Questionable production values alone are not enough to sink a movie. Cinema doesn't have to look great if it has something to say. But it's not entirely clear what Public Enemies is trying to say.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Though less ravishing than Miami Vice, Public Enemies again finds Michael Mann forging new ground in the digital arts.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Mann's best film since Heat is arguably the best movie anyone's made since Heat.
Richard Luck - Film4
A film more to admire than to love.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine
This crisp digital look affords Public Enemies an incredible sense of immediacy. Mann, too, has a strong eye for forensic detail that ramps up the vividness of the film.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
This superstar crime thriller emerges as something surprising, fascinating and technically dazzling. Don't expect a Hollywood movie. Expect a Michael Mann movie.
Rob James - Total Film
It tills the old ground, albeit with new-style star power and Mann's signature cinematic flourishes. But Depp is unduly subdued and Mann's cape work is oversold.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
An on-the-spot, VIP ushering into the gangster movie hall of fame. It's a real movie, one which you'll be proud to say you paid to see. Eat that, Optimus.
Paul Salfen - FHM [UK]
Public Enemies is, at its core, a fascinating portrait of criminal narcissism.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Boasts solid performances by Johnny Depp and the radiant Marion Cotillard, but suffers from excessive style over substance. It often drags and lacks insight, palpable thrills along with dramatic tension.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Public Enemies is a delicious feast for an interpretive viewer.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Johnny Depp plays John Dillinger with wry charm, but the famous actor also gets in the legendary gangster's way.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
America in the throes of a depression idolized them as heroes. They robbed hated banks. Some think today's bank robbers actually run them but that's commentary for another day.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
After all the gunfire exchanges, there's not much time for the human exchange. Neither for the leads or the colorful secondary characters. Such glorious acting talent, gone up in so much machine gun smoke.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
The cat and mouse game played by the world's most prolific bank robber and the first big-time FBI agent isn't worth a slice of government cheese.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
It's flat and direct, and when a line or two slips out that sounds like it wants to elevate Dillinger's life into a grand theme, it's quickly hammered down.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Uses the gangster movie form to say something profound and unexpected about the way we respond to evil.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Public Enemies is exactly what summer audiences deserve - a smart, sophisticated action movie. So why does it feel like a letdown?
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Too detached emotionally and a bit opaque in its characterizations but the swift footed camera work has a harsh beauty and Johnny Depp entertains.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
This is a hugely enjoyable, impressively directed thriller with a great ensemble cast and powerful performances by Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This romance is a real romance; these cliches are good cliches. The result is a conflicting and haunting experience.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
The story of the visually curious Michael Mann film Public Enemies has been told before in movies more exciting but rarely more thoughtful than this one.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
Hyper-romanticized revisionist history reflecting America's ongoing love affair with gangsters.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Public Enemies is a riveting, carefully paced character-driven piece that's a fascinating trip into American history.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This period gangster saga may be filled with exciting gun battles yet can't deliver the firepower in ways that matter the most.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Rather than deconstruct our culture's romanticized vision of Dillinger as a handsome populist hero, Mann adds to the gangster's puffed-up Robin Hood image. A missed opportunity.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Even if specific elements disappoint, the movie as a whole lingers in your head long after the credits roll.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
The movie tangentially holds your interest, but could have been so much better if it had developed a rooting interest for one side or the other.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Audience members who find themselves on the same wavelength as Mann and his screenwriters will find enough to talk about to keep them raving about Public Enemies for days.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
More enamored with the Dillinger myth than with the actual man.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
It's no "Heat." For skirting the lawman's story, call it "Warmth." Still, it bulks up, with Midwestern muscle, from a violent version of "The Aviator" into Mann's "Gangs of New York" - unwieldy and imperfect, but compelling, exciting and thoughtful.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Could be a battle of wits and wills. Instead, it's a battle to stay awake.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Michael Mann shows some restraint and comes up big with this one.
Robert Calvert - Premiere Magazine
While Public Enemies is a well made, well acted, well written film, it's one without a spark at the center to make it truly special.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Michael Mann has terrific visual ideas but, in Public Enemies even more than Miami Vice, he is so fascinated by how everything looks that he doesn't care whether the story or people make sense.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Depp is playing off a marvelous foil in Marion Cotillard.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
For all its surface beauty and energetic shootouts, this underwritten picture doesn't cut very deep and is strangely inert.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It might sound damning to say that the film resembles a bullet-riddled carcass just barely clinging to life, but it's exactly this ephemeral sensation, which Mann sustains for the entire two hours plus, that distinguishes Public Enemies.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
This account is true as far as it goes. It just doesn't go far enough.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
While Michael Mann's Public Enemies is very good, it's missing the spark that could have pushed it to "great."
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Depp makes for a smashing anti-hero who audiences won't mind seeing die onscreen. Mann's approach is old fashioned but emotionally satisfying.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Public Enemies is a good film but considering the talent working on it, it is not unfair to say that it really should have been a better film.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Director Michael Mann has taken the story of John Dillinger, and has made from it a drama full of dread and atmosphere, a 140-minute film that in no way seems long, that's a succession of compelling scenes, with no dead wood.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
What could have been Michael Mann's masterpiece ends up being a bland, slow, emotionless film with a couple of brilliant scenes sprinkled in the mix.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
This is the purest of American narratives, and this, indeed, is one of our finest storytellers.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
This is not a terrible movie, just disappointing when considering all the talent firing and dodging lead.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Public Enemies is a series of theses, not a story, and nothing in Mann's bag of tricks makes it cohere.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
True-crime story or romantic myth-making? This was the question I brought in to Michael Mann's Public Enemies...and, though seemingly an either-or proposition, the question still on my mind when I walked out.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
You desperately want to be grabbed and taken along for what should be one of the most exciting "true stories" in history, but instead you're stuck wondering why actors as good as Depp and Bale aren't able to make their characters come to life and a direct
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
We've been left with a film that can't settle on which history it wants to tell and ends up dispelling the myth that a new film by Michael Mann is a cause worth celebrating.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
If there is one thing that Mann makes sure to get right in his movies, it's the look, and Public Enemies is no exception.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
It simply doesn't posses the same sort of testosterone-fueled intensity and bravado that made the filmmaker's earlier effort something of a classic in the action genre.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
As always, no one does a bank heist quite like Mann, but as one of the most under-rated director's from the West, very few can tell a story as rich and complete as him either.
Raam Tarat - Future Movies UK
America's love affair with gangsters and gangster movies started when such writers as 1920s Chicago crime reporter Ben Hecht and novelist W.R. Burnett went West to forge the myth of a new American criminal in the smithy of Hollywood's Dream Machine.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
For people who loved Heat, this is a tour de force.
Cammila Albertson - TV Guide's Movie Guide
An action-heavy thriller so consistently barebones and lacking in any truly subversive thrust, and with mere peripheral vision of the historical moment, that the guns and clothes have more personality than the people.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Despite some minor strikes and overlooking a yawn of a performance by Christian Bale, Public Enemies indeed stars two decisive characters among 2009's best so far: Johnny Depp and the meticulously recreated environment that is Chicago itself.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
This is swooning male anti-hero worship.
Dave White - Movies.com
The film is not great, but it is very good in most respects, and a few isolated moments achieve greatness.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Dean Essner - National Post
...flat. The film moves along with no rhyme or reason.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Public Enemies is a strange and cool (as opposed to warm or dull) picture, a modernist symphony about a man who styled himself a latter-day Robin Hood.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Mann not only lacks the narrative efficiency of old genre filmmaking, Public Enemies' look inspires the opposite of movie love.
Armond White - New York Press
As sophisticated as it is entertaining, Public Enemies isn't the sort of film that's usually associated with the summer. But it has more than enough firepower to be a blockbuster.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Mann's sharp-looking movie is a worthy vehicle for Depp, even if it doesn't break any new ground in the well-worn gangster genre.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
A Michael Mann movie is a Michael Mann movie, and fans will not be disappointed.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Good, but not great
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
My biggest gripe lies with Mann, who mixes movie metaphors like a mad scientist.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
"Public Enemies" knows the language of the gangster movie so well, and yet director Michael Mann has taken it and created something exciting and new out of it.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Great performances, great camera work, but just not engrossing. It did accomplish one thing though. It made me want to go read a book on Dillinger so I can be moved in the way I should have been by the film.
Jenna Busch - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The movie ends with a line of dialogue so startlingly inane that it leaves the picture flapping on the screen like a punctured balloon. It may be the most brutal moment in the whole movie.
Kurt Loder - MTV
What's the reason to make this movie, now?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Public Enemies grinds to nothing more than a watered-down escape caper, a chase without context or meaning.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper - E! Online
A stylish stiff, hobbled by surprisingly uncharismatic lead performances from its stars.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Public Enemies isn't quite a summer blockbuster -- but it's got more brains and guts than almost anything else playing out there, and stands as a fascinating movie to think about over the 4th of July.
James Rocchi - Redbox
Downright amazing in the ways it has gone wrong. Taking into account the talent involved in front of and behind the camera, the finished product is almost a travesty.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
a collection of beautiful pictures as inert as a coffee-table book.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
This film deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible, though. It certainly features terrific performances by the cast, especially the leads.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
In this diligent but somehow chilly and uninvolving retelling of the story the details seems right and Depp delivers a performance of enormous depth, maturity and appeal.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
An honest to goodness grown-up epic in the season of adolescent fantasies and overpriced empty action spectacles...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Too much of Public Enemies feels disappointingly smaller than life.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Though it provides no insight into its subject, Michael Mann's John Dillinger biopic is still an engrossing period piece, thanks largely to the director's sure hand and signature style.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
...Mann's head-scratching use of bottom-of-the-barrel HD cameras ensures that each and every shot looks as though it were filmed in somebody's backyard.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A great looking but boring misfire.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Impressive filmmaking and a disarming lead performance by Johnny Depp bring luster to this stylish re-creation of Melvin Purvis' pursuit of brazen '30s bank robber John Dillinger.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
An impeccably produced crime drama that doesn't trade intelligence for excitement and offers plenty of both.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Depp operates like a star in more ways than one: He holds everyone in place with his gravitational pull.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Mann may believe he is pushing the edge with his newfound affection for digital, but Public Enemies is really old fashioned filmmaking.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Mann knows exactly how to pace this kind of movie, set to a veritable symphony of gunshots, and Public Enemies feels both wonderfully populated and beautifully controlled.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
[F]rustrating and fascinating... Backstory? Forget it. Motivations? Never mind. This is a movie that exists completely in its own moment -- not in the past, not in the future.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Something about Dillinger's bloody, summary death has always nagged at the public; Mann is clearly urging today's audiences to draw its own conclusions.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Falls short in the areas that set great cinema apart.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Is there any role Johnny Depp cannot make his own?
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Public Enemies is Heat with fedoras, a gangster epic that is easily the best thing Mann has done in more than a decade, an intensely visceral tour-de-force.
Brandon Fibbs - Christianity Today
Even as a valentine to gangster movies, Public Enemies leaves you wishing that you, like Dillinger on the last night of his life, were watching Manhattan Melodrama instead.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Visually, Enemies is pure, reckless masturbation, picking exhaustive immediacy over needed finesse and restraint. For those expecting a chic thrill ride of cops and robbers, Public Enemies is not that picture.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Mann delivers as does Depp and Bale. Billy Crudup's J. Edgar Hoover mesmerizes. As usual, Mann shortchanges female roles. Marion Cotillard is a dull temptress.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Michael Mann's extraordinary Public Enemies is an unusual sort of gangster picture, a near-impressionistic recreation of the last year in the life of one of American history's most notorious bank robbers.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
"Public Enemies" had the potential of being one of the best adult films of the summer season. However, Mann's would-be gangster saga lacks personality. It fails to exploit its topic and its first-rate cast. And that is a crime.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Public Enemies succeeds in having its cake and eating it too, exemplifying Hollywood filmmaking the way it's supposed to be.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
A dull and lifeless gangster movie that immediately disappears from the mind.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Director Michael Mann is a stylish, brooding perfectionist who makes movies about men who are stylish, brooding perfectionists.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Were so many details used on the production design that none were left over for the story?
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
N.V. Cooper - E! Online
There is a lot to discuss concerning Public Enemies ... but the elephant in the theater is that the movie looks like crud.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A sumptuously designed and minutely detailed work that manages to remain compelling despite its essential familiarity while featuring top-notch contributions from everyone on both sides of the camera.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
...lurching from one shootout to another,...this is pretty faithful to the facts. Unfortunately, as entertainment it falls short.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
So much of this gangster drama is so good, it is especially disappointing when so much of the rest of it is not.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A generic title for one of the most generic, forgettable biopics in recent memory. Even Depp's formidable charm cannot illuminate the utter dreariness of this flatline of film.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
It's a film whose execution often fails to live up to its ambitions, but like all of Mann's films, it has a level of seriousness and craftsmanship that demands your attention.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It's not a movie that begs the audience to like it or tries to seduce the audience with its style. When it's over, you know you've seen something of weight and import.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Public Enemies isn't a bad film, and it's mostly entertaining, but there was the possibility of a really great film in there somewhere. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
Kim Voynar - Movie City News
Awesome, action-packed and enthralling...
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
As much as the film had bang for the buck, it just did not cut it.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Public Enemies fizzles at the moment of detonation.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
... a solid, smart adult entry into the summer sweepstakes this year, and a nice moment for Mann, even if it doesn't particularly break new ground.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Frequently taut but ultimately unsatisfying.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
It's refreshing to see some grown-up mainstream filmmaking during the summer months. The film shows you can have star-driven action films that also deliver an emotional and visceral punch in the heart of blockbuster season.
Orlando Parfitt - IGN Movies UK
Opinions will differ about Depp's iconic approach but this supremely mounted, painstakingly researched, well acted gangster epic is Michael Mann's most ambitious film since Heat, with insights about the mythic figure, law enforcement and broader contexts.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
As expected, Mann's period piece is technically flawless and visually accomplished, but the more heartening news is that this perfectionist filmmaker doesn't let the stylish action completely overwhelm his characters.
Tim Grierson - Screen International